Corey Haim, the young star of the 1987 cult hit “The Lost Boys,” has died at the age of 38, this according to reports out of Los Angeles. Haim struggled with drug addiction for years. The LA County coroner’s office is reporting that Haim died at about 2:15 a.m. Wednesday.
“The Lost Boys” was, of course, Santa Cruz’s most prominent moment in the Hollywood sun. The film, also starring Jason Patric and Keifer Sutherland, was a modern-day vampire fable set against the backdrop of the fictional “Santa Carla,” which was, in fact, Santa Cruz. Haim, who played the young hero Sam, was involved in a scene in the film that was shot at the comic-book shop Atlantis Fantasyworld.
Joe Ferrara, the impresario over at Atlantis, has fond memories of a young Corey Haim during the shooting of “Lost Boys” in the mid 1980s when Haim was about 14.
“He was just a delightful young man,” said Joe. “He was very light-hearted. You could tell that he was just very happy to be doing what he was doing, and he didn’t take himself as seriously as many of the other (actors) seemed to.”
“Lost Boys” spent three consecutive Saturdays shooting in Atlantis Fantasyworld — which at that time was on the southern end of Pacific Avenue. Haim, and his “Frog brothers” co-stars Corey Feldman and Jamison Newlander spent down time in the store reading everything they could get their hands on.
Ferrara reunited with Haim during an event marking the DVD release of “The Lost Boys” in 2004. Joe revealed Haim’s favorite comic-book title during the shooting of the film.
“I said, ‘Hey, Corey. Did you read every Archie’s comic?'” said Ferrara. “He just bowed his head and was really embarrassed. I blew his cover.”